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08-14-2006, 02:34 PM
Kent Mercker will require Tommy John surgery after it was discovered he had completely torn his ulnar collateral ligament and suffered an 80-percent tear in his flexor tendon. He's out for the year.
The 38-year-old Mercker was already expected to retire at season's end, so it looks like his career is over. Even if he changed his mind and wanted to try a comeback, he'd have a tough time returning in the second half of next year.
08-14-2006, 02:36 PM
Good luck Kent....thanks for your good service with the Reds. Hit 'em well!!!
08-14-2006, 02:38 PM
He was never really healthy this year. Too bad because a healthy Mercker could/would have solved a lot of problems this team has had. Certainly better than the likes of Coffey/Majewski/Cormier/Weathers/Bray.
08-14-2006, 03:01 PM
Kent Mercker was always a true professional, on and off the field. I wish him luck in life after baseball.
08-14-2006, 03:08 PM
Good luck with the surgery Kent :clap: :mercker:
08-14-2006, 03:16 PM
From Marc's blog (so sad):
Monday, August 14, 2006
Under the knife
The fact that Kent Mercker was able to throw another pitch in the 10th inning Friday after feeling a burning sensation in his elbow on a wild pitch to Ryan Howard was fairly remarkable. An MRI and further examination by Doc Kremchek today revealed that Mercker had completely torn his ulnar collateral ligament and suffered an 80-percent tear in his flexor tendon. Mercker will undergo reconstructive surgery Thursday, but that's more for golf purposes than baseball. His career is done.
08-14-2006, 03:23 PM
:mercker: I always liked Kent. You hate to see a career end like this.
08-14-2006, 05:18 PM
Kent mercker as allways given his all and I wish we could give him a standing ovation to tell him thanks
08-14-2006, 05:20 PM
You never like to see a career end with an injury. I wish him good luck!
08-14-2006, 05:36 PM
Props to the Dublin, Ohio Native for a sterling career! And also for letting it all hang out even though (I would lay money on this fact) he knew his arm was toast and came out and gave everything he had left a few more times for this organization.
The players oughta (especially his pen mates) recognize what he gave up for this particular team and go out there and gave HIM 110% of what they have to see it through. Everyday Eddie is another who is giving it everything for his teammates and risking the rest of his career on it.
What a class act, :clap: for :mercker: because we are :notworthy !
08-14-2006, 06:06 PM
I appreciate all your years in the league Kent, not just with the Reds.:mercker:
08-14-2006, 08:42 PM
Kent Mercker had a good career. It sucks that it had to end due to injury. :(
08-14-2006, 08:53 PM
So sorry to hear about a career ending this way... :(
Thanks for everything, Mr. Mercker... Best wishes!! :)
08-14-2006, 10:35 PM
for whatever reason, i always liked Mercker.
here's a rundown of his career:
Career (Atlanta, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Chicago Cubs, Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Colorado)
W-L G/GS SV CG SHO ERA IP K/BB BB/9 K/9 H/9 HR/9 WHIP
73-67 677/150 25 2 1 4.16 1311.2 1.52 4.11 6.25 8.88 1.05 1.44
As a dedicated reliever (2002-2006 w/Colorado, Atlanta, Chicago, and Cincinnati)
W-L G SV HLD GF ERA IP K/BB BB/9 K/9 H/9 HR/9 WHIP
10-6 311 6 62 60 3.53 242.1 1.78 4.12 7.35 8.62 1.34 1.42
Best season as a starter (1994 w/Atlanta)
W-L G CG SHO ERA IP K/BB BB/9 K/9 H/9 HR/9 WHIP
9-4 20 2 1 3.45 112.1 2.47 3.61 8.89 7.21 1.28 1.20
Best season as a reliever (1993 w/Atlanta)
W-L G SV ERA IP K/BB BB/9 K/9 H/9 HR/9 WHIP
3-1 43 0 2.86 66 1.64 4.91 8.05 7.09 0.27 1.33
Best season as a Red (tie—1997 and 2003)
W-L G/GS SV CG HLD ERA IP K/BB BB/9 K/9 H/9 HR/9 WHIP
8-11 28/25 0 0 0 3.92 144.2 1.21 3.86 4.67 8.40 1.00 1.36
0-2 49/0 0 0 10 2.35 38.1 1.64 5.87 9.63 7.28 1.17 1.46
Wins—11 (1998, St. Louis)
Losses—11 (1997 Cincinnati, 1998 St. Louis)
Winning Pct—750 (1993 Atlanta, 2002 Colorado, 2004 Chicago Cubs, 2005 Cincinnati)
ERA—1.95 (2003 Cincinnati and Atlanta)
Games—78 (2005 Cincinnati)
Games Started—29 (1998 St. Louis)
Complete Games—2 (1994 Atlanta)
Shut Outs—1 (1994 Atlanta)
Saves—7 (1990 Atlanta)
Holds—20 (2005 Cincinnati)
Games Finished—28 (1990 Atlanta, 1991 Atlanta)
Innings—161.2 (1998 St. Louis)
Walks—62 (1997 Cincinnati)
Strike Outs—111 (1994 Atlanta)
HR/9—0.27 (1993 Atlanta)
WHIP—1.20 (1994 Atlanta)
K/BB—2.47 (1994 Atlanta)
BB/9—2.77 (2005 Cincinnati)
K/9—8.89 (1994 Atlanta)
H/9—6.62 (2004 Chicago)
08-14-2006, 10:56 PM
Hope the surgery goes well along with a complete recovery. I'm sure Muirfield Village will look forward to a new member next year.
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